1960 - 2018
SEAVEY JAMES PERRINE SEAVEY, SR. "JIM" An honored and beloved first responder in the greater DC area for 42 years and a key member of state, regional, and national fire and rescue organizations, James Perrine Seavey, Sr., passed away September 4, 2018, after a courageous five-year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Born in Washington, DC, on April 12, 1960, to parents, Hollis M. Seavey, Sr. and Anne Munger Seavey, Jim grew up in Bethesda's Westmoreland Hills. Spending most of his life in Maryland, he eventually settled his family in Monrovia, where his lifelong sense of community was quickly cherished by his neighbors. If it pertained to firefighting, Jim embraced it. His calling began in 1976 as a 16-year-old Walt Whitman High School volunteer at the Glen Echo Fire Department. There he rose to the rank of Assistant Chief. He moved to the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department in 1990 and took office as Fire/Rescue Chief in 1992, a post he held until retiring on December 31, 2017. Having declared from a young age a goal of becoming a career firefighter for the District of Columbia, he fulfilled his dream on May 27, 1986. As a member of Recruit Class No. 296, Jim graduated as class president and was appointed to No. 1 Truck Company (Chinatown). Soon after, he transferred to No. 16 Engine Company (Franklin Square), where he found his true passion while attaining the ranks of Pumper Driver, Wagon Driver, Sergeant, and Lieutenant, all in the very same firehouse. He later served as a Lieutenant with No. 17 Engine Company (Brookland). It was during this 10-year assignment that Jim tackled a growing and intense desire to weave his firehouse into the fabric of the local community. Promoted to Captain, Jim's career culminated with an assignment at No. 11 Truck Company (Brightwood), retiring on January 9, 2016. Throughout his career, Jim's passion was elevating morale, empowering members to exceed expectations, and providing through example unparalleled selflessness at every opportunity. He was the first Honor Guard Sergeant in the DC Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. A few days before his passing, they visited him at his home and played the marching songs he loved. As a sign of his equal passion for a certain sipping whiskey, he was an Honorary Fire Chief of the Jack Daniels Fire Brigade in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Casual conversation over a cocktail made any night with Jim most memorable. Last month's publication of the Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer, which he researched and co-authored, was a timely example of Jim's national influence. Setting out 11 actions that can dramatically reduce deaths of first responders from cancers caused by the very fires they fight, it was published by the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Jim also held several positions, serving on the Board of Directors of the National Volunteer Fire Council, National Fire Rescue Group Purchasing Order, International Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer and Combination Officers Section, and the International Rescue Symposium. He also served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Maryland State Firemen's Association and President of the Eastern Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Jim also worked to further the U.S. fire service on an international level, fostering a foundation for international fire service cooperation and understanding. He created an opportunity for cultural, technological, and educational exchange between the U.S. and German fire services, and in recognition of these efforts the German Fire Service awarded him with the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals as well as the German Silver Cross. He also was instrumental in working with the Embassy of Chile and the Chilean Navy on the acquisition, transfer and hands-on training on a retired fire engine from Cabin John Park VFD. In 2009, Jim was nationally recognized by Fire Chief Magazine as Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year. He also received the Leslie B. Thompson Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association, the group's highest honor, and was recognized locally by the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Rescue Association as Firefighter of the Year for life-saving efforts. An avid traveler, he cherished lifetime friendships in Halstenbek, Germany, San Felipe, Mexico and Eatons' Ranch in Wolf, Wyoming. Jim's love for mountain and waterfront views guided him to family vacation homes in Rehoboth Bay, Delaware, and Big Horn, Wyoming. Jim is remembered for his extraordinary devotion to family and for often undertaking duties that transcended traditional roles. While he shared in human weakness, he was unwavering in his values, commitment, and ethos. He was a faithful soul and he joined in a strong love for God. Jim is survived by his wife, Mary Seavey of Monrovia, Maryland, his son and fellow firefighter, James Perrine Seavey, Jr. (Justine), of Rockville, Maryland, a sister, The Reverend Katherine Seavey Bryant of Leesburg, Virginia, a brother, Hollis Mackay Seavey, Jr. (Jennifer), of Damascus, Maryland, a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Crampton (Lennie), and a nephew, Anthony Sangabino. He also leaves behind innumerable adopted children and mentees and his beloved four-legged cancer companion Maddie. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018, at 1000 hours, at the Washington National Cathedral, located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016. A Catholic Mass-Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 1100 hours, at Saint Ignatius of Loyola, 4103 Prices Distillery Road, Ijamsville, Maryland 21754. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in Chief Seavey's name to HEROES, Inc. at https://heroes.org/donate-now/ or to the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation at https://www.dcffburnfoundation.org/make-a-donation/">www.dcffburnfoundation.org/make-a-donation/. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in Chief Seavey's name to HEROES, Inc. at https://heroes.org/donate-now/ or to the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation at https://www.dcffburnfoundation.org/make-a-donation/.
Published by The Washington Post on Sep. 9, 2018.
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Memorial service
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3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, MD
Celebration of Life
Saint Ignatius of Loyola
4103 Prices Distillery Road, Ijamsville, MD
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My good friend seavey(jack black). My pumper riding buddy(engine 16), my fellow volunteer firefighter), Glen Echo. Jimmy you will be missed by all who's lives you touched.God bless you, your family, Rest in Peace my friend.
Ronald Hutchinson
September 14, 2018
Deepest condolences.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.
Diego Salazar and Spartan Motors
September 13, 2018
Dear Mary and Family- We were so very very sorry to learn of Jims illness and passing. What wonderful memories we have of Jim and Gregg serving at GEVFD and the many social events. What a great family of guys! Our hearts are broken to write these words. May Jim rest in peace and may God bless you and your family at this most difficult time.
Thalene & Gregg Mallus
September 13, 2018
My Prayers are with the family.
Bob Money
September 12, 2018
Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences at this time of your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1, 2
September 12, 2018
Mary.Kate.JimJr...sorry for your loss.
Penny Bache
September 11, 2018
Mary, Jim Jr, Mac and Family,
The beloved fire service that Jim loved and served so well is a better community today for having had him in several leadership positions over the years. An honest to goodness down to earth friend, we will miss him. Bill & Carole Killen
Bill Killen
September 11, 2018
My deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time.

Jeannie "Barto" Topper
Jeannie Topper
September 11, 2018
Mary, Jim Jr, Mac and Family,

We are very sorry about Jim's passing. He was fortunate to have lived a life full of his passion for The Fire and Rescue Service and was quite the Diplomat within the complicated politics of the service.
Eugene F. Roesser Jr.
September 11, 2018
An honor to have known him. Prayers to family and friends.
Lee Smith
September 11, 2018
Mary, God Bless you and your family during you time of grief. A donation has been left by me for Jim at Heroes, INC. Love Jimmy Eiden
Jimmy Eiden
September 11, 2018
We are sending our deepest sympathy to your family in this time of loss. Jim will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Jim was a very good friend and fellow firefighter of my husband Jimmy Carpenter. Jim's continued support and friendship was so appreciated during our time of struggle and has never been forgotten by our family. May his strength and the wonderful memories of the man your husband and father was provide you with comfort and peace. God Bless you all.
The Carpenter family.
Faith Carpenter
September 11, 2018
Our deepest sympathies to the Seavey family. Jim will be greatly missed. He was such a good friend to my husband Jimmy Carpenter and our family in our time of need and we have never forgotten. May your family find some comfort and peace in knowing how much of a lasting and positive impact that Jim made on
other's lives. The Carpenter family
September 11, 2018
Will be missed. Enjoyed so much talking and learning from Jim. He is a great one.

NVFC Director from Louisiana.
Kenn Fontenot
September 10, 2018
Our condolences go out to the Seavey family,Jim was a great person and Firefighter. My family and I will keep you in our prayers.
carlton ford
September 10, 2018
I interacted with Jim in the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue political arena. I liked him a lot, even though we didn't always agree. He definitely left his mark on the entire fire & rescue service. Sincerest condolences to his whole family, both immediate & fire service. Mike Kerr, Burtonsville Vol. FD
Mike Kerr
September 10, 2018
We are so very sorry for your loss. There is no one that will ever be able to take his place! I know , from many conversations, that he loved his wife Mary and his son more then anything else. ♥ He was all about faith , family and the brotherhood , he taught me and many others so much♥♥ Thank you for all you have done♥ Time to rest and watch over our brothers and sisters. God bless ♥♥ Brian and Kelly
Kelly Mulkins
September 9, 2018
Jim was a good friend from the first time I met him in 1976 when he joined Glen Echo Fire Department the when he came to DC Fire in 1986 and when he went to Cabin John in the early 90's and when we would talk at the Bethesda Bus lot when I started driving the school bus again in 1993 after I retired from DC Fire he was great friend who will be missed by all!!!!! RIP MY FRIEND
Doug Tetlow
September 9, 2018
To a Great Guy that was taken from this world way to soon you will be greatly missed.
From the Colorado State Fire Fighters Association and
NVFC Colorado Director
Kenneth Wettstein
September 9, 2018
My Sincerest condolences for your loss. May precious memories of your dear loved one, along with encouraging words such as those found at John 11: 25 & 26 be of comfort to your family as it has me.
September 9, 2018
r.i p. jimmy .. it was my honor to know you
bruce millington
September 9, 2018
Jim was a childhood friend. He knew from an early age what he wanted to do. I am touched to see the outpouring of love for him and to see all of the lives he has touched. I also know that I am only seeing the tip of the iceberg on his life and his accomplishments. Good job Jim. You made a huge difference in the world.
Loye Miller
September 9, 2018
I'll have a sip or two of Jack for Jim. Rest in peace, old friend, your watch is over.
Jean Aker
September 9, 2018
We all called him Jimmy or just Seavey. Jimmy we are going to miss you and you were a Great Friend and Fireman. Had good times with you here and Ocean City. There are many stories I could tell. Join miss you Brother.
Mark Selke
September 9, 2018
So many memories, taken way to soon. Will miss you Jim
Ron Shipley
September 9, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
September 9, 2018
The fire service mourns the loss of a giant in the community. Jim was passionate and spoke his mind...you could always count on Jim to tell it like it was! He will be truly missed and we are all keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Heather Schafer
September 9, 2018
rip my brother It was an honor to have a great friend, NVFC BOD and mentor. WPDR Bob Timko New Cumberland, Pa.
Robert Timko
September 9, 2018
To be closest of friends for 40+ years and be blessed with a lifetime of memories, one could not be any prouder, and saddened at the same time with your passing.
To be able to carry on the way we were able this Spring, the smiles in the photo tell a story. Distance and commitments limited the time the three of us were able to come together, but when we did, from the joys of my weddings to the final gatherings of others, we never missed a beat.
From riding back step on the Parkway on Old Engine 112, to parades from Hershey to OC, from the Cork to Blues fishing to stocking the coolers after close, and the contributions we all made to "Billy's College Fund"...
From my "Blue Whale" Party at moms, to Talbert's, to Sunday morning Board meetings at the Zebra to Sunday nights at The Round Table with Brandywine...
From our rituals of cracking a "new seal" to crying over broken glass and precious drops spilled...
From playing cards in the evening with Pop Simmons and the career staff at Mass Ave to celebrating the births of our kids...
From Sangamore Road, to the open road trucking with Bobbie, to see your career grow from DT to DC, and to see and be a part of your life and Mary's as you were with me and my family, you will be missed, but never forgotten in our hearts...
Love always, "My brother" and My closest of friends,
Kevin Knowles
September 9, 2018
James, what a light you were to all who knew you. Rest in peace; Mary and your son will carry on your glorious legacy.
Tina Parisi
September 6, 2018
R.I.P. Jim. Cherished the memories knowing and working with you.
Thomas Tucker
September 6, 2018
What an amazing life Jim squeezed into 58 years! He touched so many lives in such a positive and encouraging way, I am truly blessed that our paths crossed. RIP my friend.
Pam McNutt
September 6, 2018
Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences at this time of your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1, 2
September 5, 2018
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